Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal Dialysis

This is a treatment that cleans the blood and eliminates excess fluids. The blood is cleaned inside the body, using one of its own membranes: the peritoneum, as a filter. This is done at home for 12 hours every day.

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How does Peritoneal Dialysis improve your lifestyle?

  • Most people enjoy the flexibility and independence that they get with Peritoneal Dialysis (PD).
  • The nutritionist will give you recommendations about how to control your diet. It is very important that you follow the recommended meal plan so that you can stay healthy.
  • Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) allows you to take part in most sports and exercises after you have consulted with your doctor.
  • If you use an automated cycler and you are going abroad, make sure to take your exit permit.

Types of Peritoneal Dialysis:

Manual:

This method of PD uses gravity to drain and take the dialysis solution through your catheter to the peritoneal cavity. With this method, the patient makes exchanges (drain, fill, dwell) usually four times a day. During the dwell period, you are free to follow your regular routines until it is time for the next exchange.

Automated:

APD is done at night with a HomeChoice cycler that carries out the exchanges automatically while the patient sleeps. Most people leave fluid in the peritoneal cavity and they make an extra exchange during the day. During the day, you are completely free to participate in routine activities.

Learn more about Peritoneal Dialysis and kidney health care in our LIFE section

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